Dubai: The number of deaths in roads accidents has sharply increased to 48 in the first quarter of this year compared to 27 in the corresponding period last year, said the traffic police chief.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of the Traffic Department of Dubai police, blamed rash driving as the main reason behind increase in the number of deaths in road accidents. He said the police would launch new campaigns to resolve this problem.

The number of injuries due to traffic accidents has also increased as 58 people were seriously injured in 724 traffic accidents this year compared to 36 serious injuries in 675 traffic accidents from January to March last year.

Statistic issued by the Dubai police traffic department showed that sudden swerve to change lane topped the list of reasons that led to deaths on roads as it caused 175 accidents in which 15 people died, an increase of 100 per cent as during the same period last year only five deaths were reported.

The lack of attention on the roads while driving was the second reason that led to fatal accidents and claimed the lives of 11 people, while last year this caused eight deaths.

Not leaving enough distance between cars was the third cause of accidents leading to deaths of eight people, and the same number of people died last year for the same reason in the same period of the year.

Jumping the red traffic signal caused the death of three people this year in the first quarter, the same as last year, while over speeding caused the death of two people during the first quarter of this year, and three people died for entering in the street before making sure that it was free, and two people died due to reversing dangerously, and one person died due to tire explosion while a stray animal killed one person and one person died for not adhering to the assigned lane.

Police statistics revealed that Pakistanis remained top in the list of drivers who caused the death of 11 people in 88 traffic accidents, while Indians killed 10 people in 79 traffic accidents, while Emiratis are in third place as they caused 77 accidents causing the death of seven people followed by Iranians who caused the death of three people in 14 accidents, and Bangladeshi caused the death of two people in 19 accidents.

Statistics showed that men committed 86.7 per cent of the total traffic accidents during the past three months, in 344 accidents causing the death of 46 people and inuring 551.

The women drivers caused 12.12 per cent of the accidents as they caused 48 accident leading to death of two people and injuring 88, while unidentified people committed four accidents with no casualities.

The Emirates Road of Dubai topped the list of roads in traffic accidents as this year eight people died on this read in six traffic accidents, followed by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in which five accidents took place claiming the lives of six people while Shaikh Zayed Road was third in number of traffic accidents this year as two popple died on this road this year in three traffic accidents.